Children's Literacy Network Bookfair

Join me at the Children's Literacy Network Bookfair this Saturday! This festive celebration was created by the awesome Family Book Club, now called Children’s Literacy Network. I’ll be representing AADL and sharing stories at 11:30 am.

Tuesdays Are Bluegrass Night At Wolverine State Brewing With Lindsay Lou And The Flatbellys

If you're looking to brighten up this first cold grey day of the season, why not head over to Wolverine State Brewing for Bluegrass Night? You can sample their impressive selection of lagers which span the range from light to amber to very, very dark. Then kick back and enjoy the sounds of local artists Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys, the unofficial Bluegrass Night house band who can be found there most Tuesdays. No cover and the band goes on at 8:30pm.

Purple Rose Theatre: Superior Donuts Opens This Week

Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea will perform the play Superior Donuts Sept. 20 - Dec. 15. The comedy/drama was written by Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts and is directed by Guy Sanville. The PRT website summarizes the plot: "Arthur Przybyszewski has just about given up on everything: a social life, the chance of romance and most of all his family’s long standing Chicago donut shop. But when idealistic dreamer Franco Wicks walks through the door of his vandalized storefront, Arthur realizes through their unlikely friendship that life still has more to offer him." Letts won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play August: Osage County. Ticket information for Superior Donuts is here.

C-SPAN Challenges Students to Compete in National Documentary Contest

Are you a policy wonk? Then you should enter this contest!!

This Year's Theme: Message to the President

C-SPAN is asking students to consider what issue the president should address in 2013, and create a video documentary explaining why it's important.

This Year's Theme is : Message to the President

What do you think is important and should be addressed by the president? Make a short film and enter it in this contest for a chance to win some cash!!. It will be fun to do and a great item to put on your resume (some day!).

Now in its ninth year, C-SPAN's national competition invites all middle school students (grades 6-8) and high school students (grade 9-12) to produce a five- to eight-minute video documentary using C-SPAN programming.

This year, students will have the opportunity to produce a documentary focusing on "A Message to the President: What's the most important issue the president should consider in 2013?"

The C-SPAN Education Foundation supports the contest by awarding 75 student and 11 teacher prizes, totaling $50,000 in cash.

Entries must represent varying points of view, and incluide C-SPAN video that supports the documentary's topic. Students, working alone or in groups up to three, must upload their videos by January 18, 2013, and winners will be announced in March. A full list of guidelines, FAQ's and past winning videos can be found at studentcam.org.

If enough students enter from Ann Arbor we can reserve a night to run the documentaries and you can invite all your friends!!

Addiction 101

The 2012-13 Dawn Farm Education Series begins this month with the first of its series Addiction 101. Presented by James Balmer, this session will examine the dynamics of drinking and drug use; addiction as a brain disease and the basic recovery process. All programs are free and ALL are WELCOME. Tuesday, September 18 from 7:30-9:00 PM at the SJMH Education Center

Michigan Legal Help Website Online Now!

A new legal self-help website, www.michiganlegalhelp.org offers information and many resources for Michigan residents who need to represent themselves in simple civil legal matters. The Michigan Legal Help website is part of a pilot project overseen by the Solutions on Self-Help Task Force. The website was created to make legal information easier to understand and to show people how to navigate the court system properly and efficiently. The website can also help users look for a lawyer or legal self-help center in their area if they need more assistance. Visit www.michiganlegalhelp.org to view the website and learn more about it's tools for civil legal self-help in Michigan.

Survey says....! The Washtenaw Library for Blind and Physically Handicapped

Don't take it from us, take it from the people using the service: 97% of respondents of a recent patron satisfaction survey indicated they would recommend Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled services to friends and family members. This free service loans books, magazines, and videos in alternative formats (digital cartridge, recorded cassette, large print, Braille, and descriptive video) to individuals of all ages who are certified as unable to read or use standard printed materials as a result of temporary or permanent visual or physical limitations.

The survey report is available here PDF Version Audio Version Text-Only Version

and you can read more about WLBPD services, including Large Print Books-by-Mail, at wlbpd.aadl.org.

Want to learn more? Call 734-327-4224 or email wlbpd@aadl.org!

The Detroit Jazz Festival is this weekend: Aug 31st - Sept 3rd

Spend this Labor Day weekend at the FREE 33rd annual Detroit Jazz Festival. Chill out in Detroit's Hart Plaza with big names such as Sonny Rollins, Wynton Marsalis, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, and many others. Also, learn about Detroit's jazz history and meet the artists in the jazz talk tent.

An inexpensive shuttle bus service traveling from Ypsilanti to the Hart Plaza area will be offered through Eastern Michigan University all weekend; more information can be found on WEMU's website.

Best-selling author Mitch Albom to visit Ann Arbor, Thurs Sept 6th

Next Thursday, September 6th, well known author, playwright, and Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom will be visiting Ann Arbor to read from his new novel, The Time Keeper, a fable about the 1st man on Earth to count the hours.

Join other local Albom fans at the Ann Arbor Barnes & Noble located at 3235 Washtenaw for this free reading & signing, starting at 7pm.

African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County presents 'Focus on the Arts: Authors'

On Sunday, August 26, 2012, join Washtenaw County in a celebration of African American literature.

Guest speakers include local author Karen Simpson, romance author Beverly Jenkins, and children's author Debbie Taylor.

The event will be hosted from 4-6pm at Washtenaw Community College in the Morris Lawrence Building, Room 150, 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $20 each/$5 for students.

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